“Autumn teaches us the beauty of letting go. Growth requires release—it’s what the trees do.” ~Ka’ala, @alohakaala
The weather had been cooling down with daytime temps topping out at the high 60s, low 70s. And nighttime lows were going down into the upper 40s. Fall was in the air already much to the chagrin of summer lovers. But our weekend and this week’s forecast has summer returning with highs in the 90s and lows in the upper 60s maybe even 70. Yikes.
School starts here this week after the Labor Day holiday today And in the past we expected a cool down. We even consider it fall before the equinox. But with these temps, summer is blazing back. When I was teaching I used to resent the hot start to the school year because I was indoors and couldn’t be outside enjoying a late summer. My soul was craving time outside in my garden or sunbathing by a pool or lake.
Oh well. Now that I am retired, I can enjoy my summers. And I still crave the cool down of fall. Once I see signs of fall, like these leaves on my native coral berry bush (above), my thoughts turn to fall….it’s cooler weather and slowing down.
So in honor of the fall starting to show, I picked a few bunches of flowers that remind me of autumn colors as we are “glowing” into fall.
The first is a reddish bouquet. I use the word red in a broad sense, including all the hues. Red flowers are often associated with romance, deep desire and passion. It is filled with a dahlia and other annuals from around the garden containers…mostly.
You can see fuchsias, gerbera daisy, coral bells and a deep reddish-purple zinnia.
Also included are nasturtiums and different varieties of reddish-purple cosmos.
Next I turned to the yellows and oranges that say end of summer. Orange flowers speak of excitement, joy, positivity, passion, energy, and enthusiasm. While yellow flowers can meaning happiness, optimism, loyalty, and positivity.
In this vase are a couple of sunflowers, black-eyed susans, marigold and a native helianthus prized in the fall garden for pollinators and butterflies.
A deep reddish-orange zinnia and different yellow calendulas.
Turn it around and there is nasturtium and another view.
I just noticed that these small vases were both photographed in the same spot. But I will be placing these small vases in special spots around the house.
With this week’s lovely vases, I am linking in to the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, at Rambling in the Garden.
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